Five Best Food Markets in Hanoi
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When talking about markets such as Nam Dong Market, Nghia Tan market, etc., the first thing that comes to locals’ minds is Thai sweet gruel or rice dumpling. This article highlights Hanoi’s best markets. If you are interested in the culinary exploration of Vietnamese culture and its capital Hanoi, you should visit these destinations at least once. Here are the five best food markets in Hanoi.
Nam Dong Market
In the past, Nam Dong Market only contained the porridge stalls that offered different kinds of sweet gruels such as Thai sweet gruel, grapefruit gruel, sweet taro pudding with coconut gruel, etc. Today, it is home to a lot of traditional Vietnamese food. In every evening, there are so many people that you cannot walk around easily. The sweet gruel’s price fluctuates from VND15,000 to VND25,000 while fried fermented pork roll costs around VND30,000 for one serving.
Nghia Tan Market
Local people consider this place the paradise of cheap and tasty street food. Located in Cau Giay District, Nghia Tan Market offers many stalls opening from the evening to late into the night. Vietnamese pillow cake, rice dumpling, baby duck egg with wormwood, etc. are the most favorite foods in this market. Also, restaurants selling boiled snail, fried fermented pork roll, grilled meat, kebab rice noodle, etc.
Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Market attracts both local and foreign tourists since it contains not only different dishes but also the impressive Hanoi traditional cuisine that is widely popular. The tastiest food you should try when visiting the Dong Xuan Market is snail noodle soup, kebab rice noodle, vermicelli with fried tofu and shrimp paste, and many kinds of sweet porridge. It offers these dishes at very affordable prices, just around VND30,000 for one serving. Situated in Hoan Kiem District, Dong Xuan Market belongs to Hanoi Old Quarter, so you can easily find it.
Thanh Cong Market
Apart from the special clam rice porridge, Thanh Cong Market (Dong Da District) is a great place for young people and students interested in cheap street food. It offers the affordable grab vermicelli, kebab rice noodle, etc. There are many stalls you should not ignore. Also, you can find some street vendors selling boiled corn or grilled sweet potatoes. These foods are very familiar with Vietnamese families.
Ngo Sy Lien Market
Ba Dinh District does not contain many street food locations like other places in Hanoi. That is why Ngo Sy Lien Market, near Hanoi Railway Station and Tran Quy Cap Gate, is an attractive destination. Many vendors selling beef rice noodle, mixed noodle or kebab rice vermicelli get crowded from the early morning. Moreover, you can easily find the food stalls offering rice dumpling, youtiao, stuffed sticky rice balls, quailed egg, etc. The noshes’ price in Ngo Sy Lien Market is very affordable. However, there are not many spaces you can sit so get there early.
So the next time you are in Hanoi for business or pleasure don’t forget to check the five best food markets in Hanoi.